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The Three Trees, 1643

Rembrandt van Rijn
Dutch, 1606 - 1669
etching with drypoint and engraving on laid paper
21.8 x 28.7 cm; plate: 20.8 x 28 cm
Purchased 1939
National Gallery of Canada (no. 4481)

This is the largest and most evocative of Rembrandt's landscape prints. It features three magnificent trees on a low hill, with a view of Amsterdam in the distant background. The number of trees and their arrangement allude to the crosses of the Crucifixion, and the fierce rainstorm reinforces the mood of that reference. The strong contrasts of light and shade are familiar from Rembrandt's paintings.


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